Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act - WARN

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) was enacted on August 4, 1988 and became effective on February 4, 1989.

WARN offers protection to workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to give 60 days advance notice of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. This notice must be given to the affected workers or their representatives (e.g. a labor union) plus the State Dislocated Worker Unit and the appropriate unit of local government.

The State of Iowa has also enacted provisions and legislation regarding business closure and/or downsizing for Iowa businesses.

The decision to reduce or eliminate a portion of a company’s workforce is difficult.  Iowa Workforce Development provides a number of services for dislocated workers through our IowaWORKS Centers, including Rapid Response and Trade Act Benefits. These services are provided at no cost to our customers and are completed in conjunction with the employer and activated when an employer completes their responsibilities under the Iowa Layoff Notification Law or the Federal WARN Act.

For a comparison of Iowa's Layoff Notification Law and the Federal Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, please click here.


A log of the notifications issued in Iowa can either be downloaded in PDF form above or viewed directly in the below dashboard. Notifications for the current year are displayed by default, but the date slider can be used to show notifications going further back in time. Selecting a notification in the table will display more details in the fields at the right.


For questions and issuances of WARN notifications please contact:

State Rapid Response Coordinator
Iowa Workforce Development
3420 University Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50701
Phone: 319-235-2123 ext. 41310
Fax: 319-235-1068